RACIST graffiti was daubed on the home of an Annesley candidate who was campaigning for a seat on Ashfield District Council at the local elections.
Don Davis, of Derby Road, said he was horrified after discovering a Nazi swastika had been scrawled on his garden fence sometime between the evening of Thursday April 21 and the morning after someone had also sprayed ‘BNP’ — believed to refer to far right political party, the British National Party.
Mr Davis, who stood for Labour, said that before the graffiti attack vandals had damaged campaign signs he had fixed to a fence.
“I did not really know what to make of the vandalism but this disgusting graffiti was something else completely — I was horrified,” he said.
“This has caused a lot of stress and worry in the family and I have made the decision not to put the signs back up. But then you wonder whether these thugs have prevented me from having my right to express my political opinion?”
Mr Davis said his car had also been damaged while he was out canvassing.
Police are investigating the racist graffiti and anyone with information should call 0300 3009999 or Crimestoppers confidentially on 0800 555111.
Before the big vote, Mr Davis declared that the attack hadn’t put him off standing and he was determined to win.
He remained true to his word and scooped a seat on the council to represent Woodhouse ward, which includes Annesley.
He was voted in with Helen Smith (Lib Dem) in a tight vote that saw sitting councillor Tony Theaker (Lib Dem) ousted.
OUR PHOTO shows the graffiti